Last night I caught a few moments of the BBC program ‘The Genius Of Invention’.

It was talking about the early days of stills photography, something I studied when I was younger. Its influence has stayed with me ever since.

It also reminded me of something I often say to people – just what would the pioneers of the Victorian era make of todays equipment –  I am sure it would drop some jaws to say the least?

1186127895299864But without the likes of Niepce and Daguerre (both from France) and Fox Talbot, let alone many others, we would not have what we have now – the best equipment yet.

That can be a good thing to remember when things are not turning out the way we want.

Because as good as the kit now largely is, you still need the skills of a photographer to bring that to fruition on a regular successful basis. Understand the equipment you use, then you can concentrate on technique, which in turn leads to rewarding imagery on a regular basis.

I would, having learned about photography’s past and all that this entailed, like to pay tribute to those Brits – inventors, chemists, engineers and photographers, that with the dawn of photography, put these shores right at the forefront of this world changing technology. We should be proud of their efforts.

William Henry Fox Talbot’s contribution to photography was for example invaluable. His Calotype process was certainly a milestone. The late H. P. Arnold who I knew for a long time and who also wrote articles for the BJP, really studied the man and his work for his substantial biography.

I was extremely pleased when he presented me with a copy, and it helped remind me as most things do when I read about photography’s early days, that you have to put the effort in bit by bit to get anywhere.

Nice to see photography given some time on tv though.

End. (15/02/13).